In his photographic series “Lost Hills”, Sam Comen documents a town of the same name located in the southern end of California’s Central Valley. With a population that once consisted of migrant “Okies” in the 1930’s now is essentially made up of a new generation of migrants; primarily from Mexico. With a large number of its inhabitants being undocumented immigrants, Comen portrays their efforts toward the American dream, reminding us that the same dream could be taken from them at any moment because of their status. Comen’s photographs give us an intimate view into this tight-knit, hardworking community with its emphasis on family and the support that they provide for each other.
text by Canbra Hodsdon